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Participatory Video

Participatory Video – PV is a form of participatory media in which a group or community creates their own film. The idea behind this is that making a video is easy and accessible, and is a great way of bringing people together to explore issues, voice concerns or simply to be creative and tell stories. It is therefore primarily about process. This process can be very empowering, enabling a group or community to take their own action to solve their own problems, and also to communicate their needs and ideas to decision-makers and/or other groups and communities. CVF crew has been using the PV method to produce videos, documentaries and cartoons.

Hadithi Ya Uamuzi - Story of Choices - is a participatory video written and acted by the pupils and the teachers of Bomani Primary School (Malindi, Kenya) to raise awareness on the importance of education and issues affecting children in the Kenyan Coast (school dropout, sexual abuse, HIV/AIDS). The pupils have been involved in the script writing, storyboarding and filming process for 20 days. Shortlisted for 14-Plus Award best youth film category at the Lola Kenya Screen film festival 2011, Nairobi, Kenya.

Produced by CISP – Sviluppo dei Popoli and Cultural Video Foundation, Kenya 2011


Far Kaliya Fool Madhaqdo - You can't wash your face by using only one finger - a participatory cartoon realized in the refugee camp of Hagadera - Dadaab, Kenya. The process involved a group of Somali refugees in producing an educational cartoon about health and animals slaughtering practices. In a very insecure and complex environment CVF crew chose “cartoon” as the most effective educational and social tool for communication.

Produced by CESVI and Cultural Video Foundation, Kenya 2012


Qashinka – Trash - short participatory video shot in the refugee camp of Hagadera- Dadaab, Kenya. The process involved a group of Somali refugees in producing an educational video with the goal of spreading good practices on waste management

Produced by CESVI and Cultural Video Foundation, Kenya 2011


A participatory video on the importance of hygiene and quality in fishery products for better nutrition and income.

Produced by Cultural Video Foundation and FAO, Kenya 2014. Language: Swahili. English subtitles.


Maskaniflani is a participatory documentary produced together with the Kenyan music group of Ukoo Flani. The documentary is a journey into Kenya public space and public art scene, it tells the story of the group of Ukoo Flani that decided to support the cause of Public Space and Public Art in their own country. The documentary starts with the story of the 3 main characters that decide to record a song and produce a music video about public space. In the second part of the documentary they will interview artists, citizens and activists to understand better what and how public space and public art is important for Kenyans. The documentary will end with two public art live performances: a Maskani funeral in Mombasa and a public oath in Uhururu park in Nairobi. First prize winner of Festival del Cinema dei Diritti Umani di Napoli 2009, Naples, Italy.

Produced by Cultural Video Foundation and Urban Mirror CBO, with the support of Goethe Institut Naiorbi, Kenya 2009


A participatory film documentary about environment and recycling solutions in Nairobi’s slums realized in partnership with Formada, a youth self help group from the slum of Dandora - Nairobi. Trash is Cash is an itinerant documentary, made during the director’s eight-month stay inside the slum of Dandora. From the visual reality of shacks and crowded roads, you will get to know the youth who are living there, understand their needs and share the solutions they come up without any outside help. The innovative force connected with the use of the waste as a source of alternative energy will succeed. The positive results are that recycling creates a source of income for a big number of people in a slum where joblessness and surplus trash cause a major part of the problems. In this age when pollution and the deforestation are destroying our planet, from the slum comes a very interesting and innovative lesson

Produced by Cultural Video Foundation and Formada Youth Self Help Group, Kenya 2008


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